Miso is a traditional Japanese ferment made from soybeans and barley or rice malt, commonly consumed in stir fry or miso soup—is one of few ferments that is purely fungus. Its main benefits include the creation of novel enzymes and the ability to release essential nutrients. Additionally, it appears to possess prebiotic effects.
I don’t go a single day without eating lacto-fermented vegetables. They keep my immune system boosted (I get a cold less than once a year), give energy to think more clearly so I can kick butt in my business, keep my skin lovely, and keep my weight where it should be by reducing my appetite, sugar, and carb cravings.
Don’t let the ancient Latin throw you! Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know about the latin names of microorganisms found in fermented foods.
Kombucha is a fermented beverage made with tea, sugar, and a SCOBY—a thin layer of cellulose that houses bacteria and yeast. (Contrary to popular belief, the SCOBY is not a mushroom!) Kombucha is now on the shelves in almost every grocery store and on tap at every startup and tech company… but this drink ain’t new.
It used to be really hard to find good natural products that didn’t have nasty chemicals and that actually worked. I have literally tried hundreds of products in my quest for the best. Nowadays there are so many great options for skin and hair care that it’s overwhelming, so come along for a little show and tell of my favorites.
Check out the list I’ve compiled to find a combination of NPR articles (check out what the Buddhist nuns in Korea have to say about fermented foods!), a Radiolab podcast on gut health, and the Microbiome Medicine Summit which includes dozens of leading health experts sharing about all aspects of healing with fermented foods.
Is eating healthy and travelling mutually exclusive? Not necessarily, but if you have any kind of food restrictions (gluten and dairy) or even if you just want to avoid toxic vegetable oil that restaurants dredge on everything, it can be tricky to know what to eat when on the go.
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Sauerkraut can increase certain vitamins and contains essential microbes, but there is some controversy about whether using a starter culture increases vitamin K when you make kraut at home, or if starter culture is even necessary. In fact, I don’t agree with Dr. Mercola on this one… In today’s episode of Guts & Glory I’m…